Thinking about it, it would appear our 2011 Sherlock Christmas card was quite apt with Benedict Cumberbatch’s forthcoming starring role as Hamlet at the Barbican!
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, join Sherlockology in supporting the Royal British Legion #LightsOut campaign by turning out the lights for one hour from 10.00pm BST to honour those Service men and women who fought and died in the First World War.
Tomorrow morning, Saturday 19th July, hundreds of Sherlock fans will gather at University College London (UCL) to try and set a Guinness World’s Record for the most amount of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes in one place. There are still some places available [click here]. The event will be filmed live by several TV channels and there will be lots of national press. Why has it got so much coverage?
We’ve just had the wonderful news that a national TV station will be sending a camera crew to London to film this Saturday 19th July at the Guinness Worlds Record attempt for the largest number of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes - and the Sherlock bench photoshoot.
The event is in aid of the restoration of Undershaw
There are some places left for fans to bring their own Sherlock Holmes outfits but with national TV there we’re sure they will now go fast. The venue is University College London and the room has a capacity so get in quick for a ticket.
CLICK HERE for Eventbrite.
Good luck and have fun to all those who will be participating on Saturday, we’ll be looking out for you on the telly!
More fantastic prizes have been announced for the raffle at the Guinness Worlds Record attempt for the greatest number of Sherlock Holmes’ in one place [19th July - UCL, London].
We already know that 12 lucky Sherlocks will join a photoshoot with the National Literacy Trust Sherlock Bench straight after the World Record attempt - now we can reveal that of those dozen, one will walk away with a signed ‘Molly’ T-Shirt, three with signed Sherlock Books and all will get a Sherlock Book very kindly donated by actress Louise Brealey (Molly from BBC Sherlock) - CLICK HERE FOR MORE….
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Mark Gatiss, Patron of the Undershaw Preservation Trust has today issued a statement regarding the recent developments concerning Undershaw:
"I’m absolutely thrilled that Undershaw has been saved by the DFN Foundation. It’s fitting that the home of one of greatest story tellers should become a school. The historic building, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought back Sherlock Holmes from the dead, created the Hound of the Baskervilles and entertained the likes of J.M. Barrie, Bernard Shaw and Bram Stoker will now be a cheerful and welcoming environment for young minds. And possibly writers of the future! I fervently hope that the connection to the great man will be retained but for now let’s just rejoice in the fact that, after years of battle, Undershaw lives!"
Fans should still join the Undershaw Preservation Trust Facebook page as the work to help restore the building will begin soon.
Undershaw Preservation Trust (UPT) members are coming together to celebrate the Saving of Undershaw on Sir Arthur’s 155th Birthday - May 22nd, from 6.30pm on Baker Street for an evening of theatre and literary fun. Raising funds for the UPT and the National Literacy Trust - tickets available here.
How do you fancy helping to set a new world record?
On August 31 2014, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation will attempt to break the World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed up as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.
The challenge will be hosted at Temple Newsam, a beautiful historic country house a short distance outside of the city of Leeds, with the chief aim of helping to raise funds towards a new £2m Yorkshire Brain Research Centre. Attendees can choose to dress as any incarnation of Sherlock Holmes they wish from his long and storied history.
Registration is £15 and in return participants will receive a Deerstalker hat, a pipe and a magnifying glass. Prizes will be given for the best dressed Holmes. Sherlock fans can enter a raffle for £5 to win signed goodies from the cast of Sherlock, including Benedict Cumberbatch signed photographs, Sherlock script and books. 100% of proceeds will go to the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.
Clair Challenor-Chadwick, Appeal Director of the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre, said: "Sherlock may live at Baker Street, London, but according to the most influential fictional biography of Holmes by Baring-Gould, Holmes was born in Yorkshire, the youngest of three sons of Siger Holmes and Violet Sherrinford. We wanted to reclaim him for Yorkshire, and he is the perfect inspiration for our Appeal as the world’s brainiest detective."
Clair added: "We are calling on collective brain power to help raise funds for this important cause! If you love Sherlock you will love this fun family event, expect special guests and some great entertainment."
Register for the event at www.sherlockworldrecord.com
For special announcements and event news follow @yorkshirebrain, #sherlockrecord
After a series of legal battles spanning many years, Undershaw - the former home of Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - has secured a bright future at last.
Thanks to the DFN Charitable Foundation, the house will form part of a brand new school, in combination with the existing Stepping Stones school in Hindhead, Surrey. Stepping Stones is an independent special school dedicated to the education of pupils with mild learning and physical difficulties, and with the acquisition of Undershaw the school will become ‘The Schools at Undershaw’. Undershaw will play host to the upper school, while the existing Stepping Stones building will become the junior school.
Undershaw is a Grade II listed building which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle drafted the initial designs for himself, with construction completing in 1897. The property was where the author effectively resurrected Sherlock Holmes from his death at the Falls of the Reichenbach, writing ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and then the stories collected together as ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’. Since 1920 the building has been used as a hotel, but in the past decade fell into disrepair. The Undershaw Preservation Trust, with Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss as patron, was thus set up to safeguard the property from development proposals that included an attempt to partly demolish the building so it could be transformed into residential flats - a decision overturned at the High Court in London in May 2012.
Sherlockology has followed the campaign to save this important building since our creation, and so we extend our warmest congratulations to the team at the Undershaw Preservation Trust for this excellent news that not only safeguards the property but also gives it a bright and productive future in the lives of young people for generations to come.